One of the world’s truly beautiful beautiful countries- sunny beaches, ancient landmarks brooding with mystery, labyrinthine cobblestones streets and gorgeous people with hot, romantic blood running through their veins. It’s a dramatic place, with everything and everyone being imbued with that verve and strong-blooded passion that seems to be a trait of all Latin people (trust me).
Simply put, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana fabulously channeled the heart and soul of Spain into their newest offering. For Spring 2015 D&G focused on the 200 year long, 15th-centuary Spanish occupation of Sicily. “The Spanish left a lot of things: baroque, religion, colour, flowers,” said Mr Gabbana. All were clearly visible in the show, which merged a cheery 1970s postcard vision of Spain with gloss, glamour and famous Sicilian religious motifs (all those little Sacred Hearts and crowns).
An obvious inspiration was the stunning “Suit of Lights” costume worn by bullfighters, and the Dolce & Gabbana show borrowed heavily from its designs. Dripping fringe, Spanish lace, matador embroideries, studded dresses, belts, skirts and jackets, and gilded, crystal-crusted heels, the Dolce & Gabbana woman is a master of her arena. Spring 2015 brings sexy back and models were swathed in swingy Red Riding-Hood-style capes, sheer lace camisoles, black bra tops, gold corsets, sheer skirts, microscopic tuxedo-style shorts and the brand’s signiture curve-hugging black lace dresses. Silhouettes were sexy and body-hugging, with a plenty of sleek tailoring for day and just the right amount of excess to make the evening looks unforgettable.
Bright red blooms decorated everything from blouses, dresses and skirts, belts and shoes- there were even embroidered blossoms snaking along the front of silk stockings. Baroque embellishment was also in abundance, seen trailing over camisoles and blouses, boyfriend- cut jeans, corsets, dresses and jackets were trompe-l’œil appliqués reminiscent of Christian Lacroix’s lush couture ornamentation. With such a rich source of inspiration it’s understandable that there was a little bit of a crossover, especially since Monsieur Lacroix’s couture creations were always an ode to his Spanish-infused homeland.
The showing was perfectly D&G- floridly elaborate- even excessive- feminine and upbeat, and it perfectly fits into the duo’s Dolce Vita aesthetic. Dolce and Gabbana have done this before and they captured that magic again- everything seen was playfully feminine, attention-grabbing, upbeat and flirty.
The duo’s famous wit was also seen in a big way in the runway styling; one model had a pair of castanets in her hair, others sported gigantic red roses and half-a-dozen models toted fashion dolls clad in tiny replicas of their outfits in homage to those plastic mini-flamenco dancer souvenirs that are so loved by tourists to Majorca. D&G gave us Spain on steroids- or maybe via a Hollywood studio lot, and it was fun, flirty and perfect!
The show displayed over 80 complete looks (maybe another nod to Monsieur Lacroix, whose heyday was in the 1980s?), and with such a gigantic selection to look through it’s needless to say that Spring 2015 yielded countless outfit choices. There are many separates and daywear dress options to choose from, but as always the true stunners are found in the evening looks. It’s hard not to look good in the collections evening wear, which extends beyond the ballgown category (and believe me there are fabulous gowns) to encompass sharp tuxedo suits, lace capes, ruffled ball skirts, corsets and little jewel-encrusted mini-shorts. In essence, it’s fab, and it makes it that much harder to pick favourites!
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 is a stunning, romantic and heartfelt ode to Sicily’s Spainish heritage, and pays respectful homage to the rich traditions and beauty of two great nations. Their showing had wit, energy, passion stamping through its core… and most importantly, really great clothes.